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If this is the first time reading my blog, you will soon learn that I plan to garden until I’m just dust in the wind. For those dedicator readers, you know that I’m been working hard to have a garden to carry me through my golden years. I call this my Forever Garden.
Building of the forever garden is in its sixth year. You can read here to learn more about what I’ve done and why, but to the point, I want to garden forever, so I needed to put plants and systems in place to make it such that I can do so. I want to do as much as possible for as long as possible, including mowing the lawn.
I’ve been mowing the lawn for as long as I can remember. My oldest brother, Jack, didn’t like yard work, and I didn’t like house work. So we traded chores. (I still don’t like housework, and my brother keeps a better house than me.) I love working in the garden as much as I love mowing the lawn. Crazy, right? Not really. Sometimes we need a chore that doesn’t take any thought. I like going forward one step at a time without having the save the world. It’s therapeutic.
Troy-Bilt sent me to trial their new battery-powered mower, powered by Core, Troy-Bilt TB610 40-Volt Brushless Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 21-in Deck Width Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Push Lawn Mower with two Batteries.
They are not getting it back! 😉
I can remember the stutter starts of the lithium battery outdoor tool equipment. The science just wasn’t there. Or was it not cost effective? Now I can’t remember, but I think it was the oomph. My fear is those like me who were early adaptors would shy away from trying it again. Well, I didn’t. I see battery-powered mowers and such as our future. And most definitely in my future. And after trialing this mower, I hope you will appreciate my experience. The future is now!
The cordless electric self-propelled push lawn mower is light-weigth and oh so easy to maneuver. The most important test for me was that I wanted the batteries to last as long as the time needed to get the job done. It does. But I was also curious to see if the mower would run on one battery, just in case I needed to charge a battery while I finished the lawn. I don’t.
But yes, if you only have a small lawn, it will run on run battery. If you garden on a large lawn, you may want a back up battery to switch out. For my garden, the battery charge of two batteries is just right.
The batteries take about 1 hour, each, to recharge, and this is not a problem as long as you can get your lawn mowed in the time needed. My lot is 1/2 acre, and I had charge to spare. The panel below lets you know where each of the batteries are with regards to charge. Ideally, as one battery is spent, you are halfway through. If not, that would have been fine with me too. I actually have three batteries, because I had one from my string trimmer.
The batteries are pricy, but for how long they last, they are a bargain. Higher capital costs, lower frustration. I have forever to go so it’s worth the investment to me.
The mower starts with a push of a button. This is good news for my aged arms, OK, so I’m on 61, but still!
Something also cool, is the way this mower will store. Maybe when the kids move out (I can dream, right?) I won’t care about space, but for now, I do. We have no garage. The shed is full of bikes, mine, my husbands, my kids, friends of my kids, and so on. We have been kicked out of any available space left! What I do have is some space behind the chicken coop, Tiny Tara, where I store my gardening stuff. Check this out. Just like the bikes in the shed, my lawnmower folds up and stands on a stand! Are you now wondering what took so long to invent such space-saving? Well, remember, there is no oil or gas. Nothing to leak or spill. I’m telling ya, this is the future! It would have been near impossible to store this way with liquid parts!